Experience the world of flowers and their symbolism through ten pieces of art from the museum's collections. From Antiquity to the 20th century, as civilizations progressed, discover the importance of flowers as endless sources of inspiration for artists. The audio tracks stored on the museum's audio guide expand on the work in the gallery.
The blue lotus, with its golden yellow stamens, is a symbol of life and rebirth. According to certain religious traditions it is said to have been the first flower, and the morning sun appeared in it above the waters at the beginning of the world.
For ancient Egyptians, its blooming symbolized the birth of the divine being. This is why it often features in votive and funerary scenes.
Mary's dress is adorned with golden thistles. In the Christian tradition, the thistle symbolizes the pain of Christ and his mother, but also their virtue, protected by its prickles. According to a medieval legend, the white mottling on the milk thistle leaves were formed from drops of the Virgin's milk.
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Course design: Véronique Moreno-Lourtau - cultural service.
Directed by: Mathilde Hospital - communication department.
Photos in gigapixels: © Gilles Alonso - email@example.com
Photos: © MBA Lyon - Alain Basset, Stéphane Degroisse, Mathilde Hospital